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Cell phone lust

I am now the owner of a brand new alternator! Yeah me. At least that mystery has been solved and my vehicle is working well. The trunk doesn’t look well as the old battery tipped over and some battery acid leaked out. Even though I put baking soda on it, I think too much time had passed. The carpet in the trunk looks chewed up. I took my van to the car wash that does detailing and had them wash the trunk. It looks like only the carpet was affected.

Last week, I managed to get a workout and a couple of walks completed. Worked both my shifts. I did not connect with my cousin in the week as she was under the weather. She did pass by very early this morning to drop off her boots. I have not tried them on yet, but she did say they were not very comfortable.

On Friday, when I dropped off my old battery at Costco, I took a wander to the mobile kiosk and played with the Samsung S9. Not sure why I did that as it is beautiful. The camera is fantastic. It makes my S4 look like crap. It reminds me of when I change out my TV last year. The resolution is incredible. I want it but I don’t want to change my current phone plan so I would want to buy a phone free and clear. And with my upcoming trip, it would be used. It is not a need. I also looked at the S8 and the A8. Both are also a huge upgrade to what I have.

I am on the fence as my current phone works. It is just dated and is always running out of space. There is $300 difference between the A8 and the S9, with the S8 being smack in the middle. There are small differences between the S8 & S9, not sure it is worth the $150 pre-tax price difference. Things to ponder.

I am on the schedule for 4 shifts this week at the PT job. We have started summer hours at the FT job, so this Friday I will be leaving at noon. Bonus I do not have to work that evening so I should make plans while I am thinking about it.

Aside from my usual loads of laundry, I managed to get on the ball and roasted some vegetables and made rice and fried chick peas. I am trying to get back to a more plant based diet. Plus I eat less when I bring my lunch to work. Good for the waist line as well as the budget. This is a priority for me as I tried on my summer capris and it did not go well. I do not want to buy bigger clothes. So I have to make “lifestyle” changes. Now to convince myself to get up in the morning and do the workout.

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2 week catch up

I know I missed last Sunday’s catch up. I kinda forgot it was Sunday until Monday morning. Then I had every intention of coming on here in the week to recap last week and I goto my exercise in and was feeling myself! But last week turned out to be a hectic one.

First things first, I was scheduled to work every weekday at the PT job. It was overwhelming to see. Every Monday for the past 3 or 4 weeks, I have been scheduled to work only to walk in and be told I could go home. Imagine my surprise when I walked in this past Monday to crickets. They were still feeling out if it was slow enough to send people home. 40 minutes in, I was given the A-Okay to go.

Since the rest of my week was looking very busy, I used the new found free time to get a long overdue pedicure. I dragged my sister along to catch up with her. She was less that enthusiastic and refused to get her feet done. She did keep me company so there’s that.

Tuesday’s walk into the PT job was greeted a head shake from one of the team leads. That was my go ahead to leave, which I didn’t even hesitate to do. I left to go get my eyebrows done then had dinner with a friend as I figured that would be the last free evening I would have for the rest of the week. I was right.

I worked the remaining shifts for the week. I was very surprised that I was not on the schedule for today as this is one of my 3 mandatory shifts. Next week I am only scheduled for Monday to Wednesday. Another weekend off! Not sure what to do with myself. I want to go away, but then I take a look around my home and realize I have neglected a few things and I should be responsible.

We shall see. Right now I am most likely going to Portland, Oregon so I should probably be responsible.

Last night, my Uncle had a party for his 65th birthday. It was a great evening even though the venue was beyond far and we ran into traffic on the way home.

It’s been a rather lazy day. Took my girls to Eva’s for ice cream. I had the Raspberry Cheesecake something and it was delicious. Sweet Jesus is next on my list to try. I will travel for food. 🙂

 

Long Weekend Intentions

I am just barely making it in this Sunday. It’s not because I have been particularly busy this weekend. In fact, just the opposite. It was a very relaxing day.

Yesterday I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish this weekend. And then I slept in this morning and it’s all gone out the window.

Since I so rarely rest and relax anymore, I took today to do laundry and light cleaning. There was a lot of time spent on the couch. I called my Aunt and we talked for over 3 hours. Don’t ask me about what but she did tell me a few stories from her younger days. 🙂

Yesterday I went to work and it was quiet. When they asked for volunteers to go home early, I was pleasantly surprised that they let me go. As one of the few late shifters, I am usually denied. Since it was before 6 pm, I was able to connect with my bestie. Between her work/life schedule and my own we rarely see each other. It was nice to catch up. We watched the highlights from the Royal wedding. My BFF is a big fan.

I am on the schedule tomorrow, but at double time and a half, I hope I will not volunteer to go home, but we’ll see how I feel.

I had breakfast with my Dad yesterday and told him about my part time job. He seemed more alarmed than I expected. He kept asking me if I needed money. But also let me know that he pays for both of my siblings rent and has had to part with 40% of his assets since my step-mom has decided to separate from him. I will accept some financial assistance with Diva’s tuition, but other than that I am fine. I couldn’t seem to make him understand that I want to pay cash for my renos and would like to get off the freedom 85 plan.

No exercise was completed last week. But I have been getting up earlier so it’s only a matter of time before I convince myself to be productive. 😉

Now if I could only stop putting cookies and chocolate down my pie hole, I might get ahead.

 

Well that didn’t go according to plan

Last week other than a few days of the ab challenge, I only worked out once. 😦

On Thursday, I came home from work at a decent hour and no one was home so I had no excuse not to do something. Not wanting to work out, I figured I’d do one of Jillian Michael’s 10 minute workouts.

10 minute

OMG, I am still feeling my muscles. If I don’t get some exercise in today, the next time I will have time will be Tuesday.

Friday morning, I took my van to get an oil change and they noticed that the tire arm(?) on the front passenger tire needs to be replaced and then an alignment would need to be performed. Since I got the van from my Dad, he had mentioned that his mechanic had issues fixing the alignment. Hopefully my mechanic can get it corrected.

Yesterday, Diva & I went to an open house for one of the universities she got into. It is a very picturesque. Class size is nice and there seems to be a lot of possibilities there. It is in the city so she could live at home. Right now, she would like to have the residence experience and I think that is a great plan. My only concern about her staying in the city is that it would be too easy for her to get distracted from her studies. Staying in the city would allow her to keep her part time job. Pros and cons everywhere. A decision needs to be made soon. I think she will stay in the city since in her mind that university is better than the away from home one … O_o

At work, all our outside sales reps are coming in for the week, so fingers crossed that will all go smoothly and not require any extra time from me. So far there has not been a team event planned. I hope it stays that way.

Next week, I will be taking the van early Monday morning to be fixed. I am working Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Some other day other than Tuesday and Thursday, I need to fit in some exercise.

I also need to figure out my summer travel plans. A lot of people I know are traveling this year and I have travel envy. There is no real reason, I shouldn’t travel except my renos. The same ones I keep putting off. I need to make a proper plan. As I need a little fun in my life.

Any and all ideas are welcome.

I want the hour back

I am not ready for it to be 7pm already. Even though it is still bright outside and I will appreciate it tomorrow when I am coming home from work.

Today was a productive day. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you don’t turn on the TV.

I went to Costco, Walmart and the grocery store after dropping one of my kids off to work this morning. Since I am not eating meat, I am also not cooking much. And since I have been buying lunch, I have not really done a proper grocery shop. So I stocked up on veggies and bought a Costco size piece of salmon.

I roasted carrots, broccoli and made sweet potato toast and baked the salmon. I am ready for the week. Although salmon does not last long in this house, so I might have to cook again.

Before I go to bed, I will make some chia pudding to have for breakfast.

My goal this week is to go back to not buying lunch. Even though it is only $7 and the portions are generous, it does add up rather quickly.

The part time job is not keeping me as busy as I would like it. Last week, I only had 2 shifts, Friday and Saturday evening. The schedule is the same again this week. I am lightly looking for another job, both full time and part time. Gotta keep my options open.

Last week at the full time job was trying. The sales rep I work with is very panicky and scattered and it increases greatly when there is lots going on. I spent the whole week willing it to end. Not the way I want to live my life at all.

This week should calm down a bit so I should also be able to return to the gym with more consistency. Last week, I went twice. Which considering I only went to the PT job on Friday makes me a little disappointed. This week I am aiming to get at least 3 workouts in, preferably 4.

Life is still pretty quiet. I keep toying with learning to use my DSLR properly, but have not picked it up to do anything with it. 😦 I been reading a bit. Currently tackling “The Woman in the Window“. It reminds me a lot of “The Girl on the Train” and I did not enjoy that book much. But I will struggle through it as I want to see how it ends.

PT job so far

I must say the universe has been kind to me. Since the acquisition of this part time job happened so quickly, I was concerned that it might too much for me. Especially when the training schedule was not conducive to my day job.

I survived last week. The job itself is not rocket science. It does get a little repetitive and fast paced at times. But nothing I couldn’t handle. Plus by the time it starts to get to you, your shift is over. Three hours goes by fast, especially when most of it is busy.

“Training” lasts 5 weeks. During this time shifts will not be longer than 4 hours. Next week’s schedule was released yesterday and I am only working 2 shifts, Friday 5:30-8:30 and Saturday 4-7.

I will not be getting rich from this schedule but at least it does not interfere with my day job and I can get to work out 4 days in the gym this week. Attempting to work out in the morning was unsuccessful last week. So the ability to get back to what works is making me happy. I never thought I would miss working out. I’m sure I will eat those words tomorrow night on the treadmill.

Other than that life has been relatively uneventful. Just the way I like it.

That was fast

I got confirmation on Thursday that I was offered the position, along with a training schedule that is not exactly conducive to my day job.

I was assured that it was only for next week, so we shall see.

The first part of training is 6 hours during the day Monday. I then have one 4 hour shift and three 3 hour shifts to round out the week. All shifts end at 7 pm so no late nights. 🙂 Not sure how long that will last, but I’ll go with it.

Since my first week of shifts are so short, it makes me wonder if the shifts they asked me about for my availability were current.

I will need to do a complete overhaul of my schedule. I don’t want to lose my 5 days a week work out momentum, so I am going to have to be on point with my days. In a perfect world, I would work out in the morning. Right now my cousin gets up at 4 am to work out. That seems a bit extreme for me. But I am going to try to follow her lead.

If I can get up and moving by 6 – 6:30 am to exercise, then I will be golden. Now to execute. If only it were that easy. As a non-morning person, this is going to be a challenge. But I have done it before, so maybe there will be some muscle memory that can be recalled. lol

Morning workouts mean that I will no longer be using the gym at work. 😦 I have really been enjoying … well maybe enjoying isn’t the right word … I have gotten into a good groove with going to the gym after work. I am seeing a difference in my body and I like it and want to get more into shape. I think the exercise has really helped with my energy level and immunity.

I deliberately left Sunday as unavailable to give me time to prepare for the week. My lazy weekends are going to be a thing of the past. I have a cousin who works both a full time and a part time job with rotating shifts. I will consult with her to see if she has any tips on how to make it work.

This weekend, I will pull my instant pot out of its box and figure out how it works. I think it will be a great help now that I don’t have all the time in the world. My meal planning will need to be on point as well.

I am going to have to be very organized. This may be a good change for me. Time will tell.